Vaginal Birth Pros and Cons

30 می 2015

Vaginal Birth Pros

    • This is the more natural way to give birth. Your body is naturally equipped to give birth vaginally without medical intervention. Labor starts with your cervix dilating, and it ends with a newborn baby.
    • Women have a sense of empowerment and accomplishment after a vaginal birth. They are active participants in the childbirth experience. They must push to help move their baby through the birth canal and into the world.
    • Shorter hospital stay after a vaginal birth. (You are in the hospital for 24 to 48 hours after delivery).
    • You have a quicker recovery time with a vaginal birth, and you will have less postpartum pain.
  • Your baby is less likely to have certain respiratory problems, including transient tachypnea of the neonate, or TTN, (fluid in the newborn’s lungs). TTN is not serious and it clears up within 2 to 3 days of treatment. It is more common in premature babies and full-term infants born via c-section.
    • Vaginal deliveries reduce the likelihood of TTN, because the pressure of going through the birth canal helps squeeze this extra fluid from your baby’s lungs. Also, natural labor triggers the release of the hormone epinephrine, which clears fluids from the lungs.
    • Infants born vaginally are also at decreased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension – a condition in which your baby’s organs are deprived of oxygen because blood is not flowing into the lungs like it should.
    • Infants born vaginally are less likely to develop asthma, food allergies, and lactose intolerance later in life. This may be due to being exposed to beneficial bacteria in the birth canal.
    • In future pregnancies, labor may be shorter and move along quicker.
    • Mothers who deliver vaginally are able to breastfeed immediately and more effectively, than women with c-sections.
    • After a vaginal birth, it may be easier to bond with your infant because you can have immediate contact with him or her.
  • You are at a decreased risk of maternal hemorrhage, blood clots, and damage to your internal organs.

Vaginal Birth Cons

    • Fear of childbirth may cause anxiety and emotional turmoil for some women.
    • Though most vaginal births are uncomplicated, unforeseen complications can occur during labor and delivery, including maternal hemorrhaging (bleeding).
    • You are at risk for perineum tearing from a vaginal delivery. This can range from mild tears to fourth-degree lacerations that tear into your rectum. This can add to your healing time.
    • Your baby faces the risk of oxygen deprivation, if there are cord compression or other problems during labor and delivery.
    • Your baby may experience physical trauma while passing through the birth canal, including bruising, swelling, and in rare cases broken bones. The risk of physical trauma increases in an assisted vaginal delivery (forceps or vacuum extraction).
    • Vaginal deliveries may increase your likelihood of pelvic organ prolapse after delivery (one of your pelvic organs drops from its original location and protrudes into your vaginal canal).
    • In very rare cases, uterine inversion can occur after a vaginal birth. This is a life threatening complication that occurs when the top of your uterus turns inside out. If not treated immediately, this can lead to severe hemorrhage (bleeding) and shock and it may result in death of the mother.
    • If you experienced a tear or episiotomy, you may have pain after intercourse for the first three months following your baby’s birth.
    • You can sometimes injure your tailbone during childbirth. These injuries are uncommon, but you are more likely to bruise, dislocate, or fracture your tailbone if you have a narrow or unusually shaped pelvis and if you are delivering a large baby.
  • Women with vaginal deliveries have higher rates of urinary incontinence (urine leaks) than women with c-sections. Having an assisted vaginal delivery, prolonged pushing stage, and having a large baby increases your risk.

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